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From New Delhi, India:

I have Type 1 Diabetes. Recently a dietitian told me that the Atkins diet is not suitable for me since it will put a tremendous pressure on my kidneys. Please guide me since I am desperately trying to lose weight.


I agree with your dietitian. Increased protein intake above the usual 20% may cause hyperfiltration of the kidneys and serve to accelerate any diabetes-related changes in the kidney. We have seen this clinically in that patients who have dropped their protein intake back to a normal level have normalized their albumin excretion in the urine. Albumin excretion in the urine is a marker of diabetes-related changes within the kidney. This is not commonly discussed when high protein diets are mentioned or used.


Original posting 25 Jan 2004
Posted to Weight and Weight Loss and Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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